However, manager Joe Maddon is not concerned about Balfour's early struggles.
"Grant has not really pitched as well as he can," Maddon said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "I really believe he’s minus a lot of adrenaline right now. Once he gets going in the latter part of the game, you’re going to see the numbers you’re used to seeing with him. I’m not worried about Balfour."
"Dude, say what you want about me, but I am strong,'' Braun said. "Mentally, and emotionally, I am strong. This doesn't bother me. People may have something new to yell now, but it's really no different than anything I've gone though. I've never gone to Chicago and had them cheer for me. I've never gone to St. Louis and had them say, 'I hope you do great.' Nobody's fans have ever cheered for the opposing team's best player.
"I'm sure it will be a bit adventuresome at times this year, but if anything, it's probably better now. Normally, you go to Philly and Chicago, and they're talking about your mom, your sister, your girlfriend, whatever. So, now, it will be just about me."
Braun has been locked in at the plate to begin spring training. He's batting .636 (7 for 11) with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI in six spring games.
Desmond has hit second six times this spring, and is batting .333 (6 for 18) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBI, four stolen bases and seven runs through seven games.
"One, I like his leadership," Williams said. "I like with the ability to steal bases. He’s a smart baserunner. He’s let it go here as far as stealing, attempted steals. He can hit the ball to all fields and he’s got thunder. In the middle of your lineup, you certainly want that. That’s what he brings as a No. 2 hitter goes. But he can also hit five and be down in the order too if the situation presents itself."
Casilla said he had no setbacks and should be ready to play Tuesday, per CSNBaltimore.